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Businesses can now schedule Instagram posts and IGTV videos with Facebook — here’s how
2019-09-21

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Earlier this week, Facebook released a new update for its Creator Studio, allowing businesses on the platform to schedule Instagram posts and IGTV videos up to at least six months...

CHEAP: Get 30% off this souped-up Samsung Chromebook Plus V2
2019-09-20

Google’s Chromebook laptops are no longer “cheap and cheerful” toys only good for light browsing. They can actually do serious stuff, like run Android applications, as well as run fully-fledged Linux distributions.  But to make the most of that, you need a reasonably powerful machine, like this Samsung...

YouTube is sorry after finding yet another way to rile up its seething vloggers
2019-09-20

Google’s video service says it “missed the mark” yesterday when it announced sweeping changes to its verification program. The YouTubers are mad and YouTube is sorry.Read Full Story

Google thinks it wasn’t sexist to give its voice assistant a female voice
2019-09-20

Last year, a study by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) argued that voice assistants like Google’s perpetuate “harmful gender bias” and suggests women should be there to assist rather than be assisted. But it turns out Google always wanted to use a male voice, but they...

For a change, a Trump tweet hits the perfect note
2019-09-20

Don’t get too excited, though: There are still 19 Democratic candidates left. Bill de Blasio, who is reportedly the mayor of New York City, has given up his dream of being the Democratic nominee for president. “I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election, and it’s...

This digital marketing masterclass is a must for every new entrepreneur
2019-09-20

Even if you’ve never tackled the treacherous depths of digital advertising before, the direction from a course like the Digital Marketing Masterclass: Get Your First 1,000 Customers can help make that daunting task a lot more manageable. Right now, you can get that training at literally hundreds off its regular...

Russian Facebook hit with fake Telegram token ads using Pavel Durov’s face
2019-09-20

When new crypto or digital currency projects are announced it doesn’t take long for scams to follow. It appears that Telegram’s supposedly incoming TON token is the latest to be exploited by opportunistic scammers. According to Russian news outlet Kommersant, fraudsters are using the face of Telegram founder Pavel...

You can try to live-stream the Area 51 ‘raid’ or just watch a bunch of YouTubers messing around
2019-09-20

The live streams are indeed fake. Unless that’s what the government just wants you to believe . . . Back in July, a bunch of geniuses got together and decided to launch a Facebook event seeking volunteers to storm the mysterious Area 51 site, which has long been a mecca for UFO and conspiracy theorists....

Twitter will now let you hide the replies of other users
2019-09-20

By adding the “Hide Reply” feature Twitter is trying to make the platform a less toxic place, and 27% of people who had their tweets hidden said they would reconsider how they interact with others in the future. Twitter has announced that it is rolling out its anticipated “Hide Replies”...

Trump met with Mark Zuckerberg at the White House and posted about it . . . on Twitter
2019-09-20

The meeting is significant because Trump is a longtime critic of Facebook, and the social media giant has increasingly been coming under the scrutiny of lawmakers. The Facebook CEO met with the president at the White House on Thursday, reports CNBC. During the meeting, the president posed for a photo with Zuckerberg...

7 successful women on the “mistakes” that changed their careers
2019-09-20

Seven leaders, from Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani to fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, discuss the importance of taking risks. Making mistakes is inevitable. From the little hiccups—like hitting “reply” instead of “forward”—to years-long regrets like spending too much...

Chrome finally introduces a visual tab switcher that’s easy to use on mobile
2019-09-20

We all have been in the situation where we’ve lost count the number of browser tabs we’ve opened on our phones. To help you solve that problem, Google just introduced a bunch of clever new features for tab management in Chrome on mobile and desktop, including a tiled tab switcher and tab grouping. New mobile tab...

Google just made the largest ever corporate purchase of renewable energy
2019-09-19

18 new energy deals around the world will help build infrastructure worth more than $2 billion. Two years ago, Google became the first company of its size to buy as much renewable electricity as the electricity it used. But as the company grows, so does its demand for power. To stay ahead of that demand, Google just...

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google are lobbying their way into Washington’s heart
2019-09-19

The four Big Tech companies are collectively spending hundreds of millions of dollars on campaign contribution and tens of millions more on lobbying, according to a report from Public Citizen. Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google have seen their stock valuations soar in the past decade as legions of consumers have...

This photographer turned his lens on the many, many cameras watching you
2019-09-19

What a new art book on surveillance reveals about the current state of mass monitoring. Today’s digital climate has changed the relationship between privacy and exposure, forcing users to negotiate the cost-benefit between sharing content online but being monitored as a result. Facebook was once heralded as...

This typeface hides a secret in plain sight. And that’s the point
2019-09-19

Not everyone who is vision impaired needs braille. Some just need a clearer typeface. Tens of millions of people around the world are blind. But more than a hundred million may have serious vision impairment. And that second figure is only bound to grow, according to the World Health Organization, as a larger...

Designers’ job satisfaction is plummeting. But why?
2019-09-19

“There are lots of great jobs out here, but they’re getting swallowed up by huge companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google.”  Are you worried about your job? How would you rate its stability, from “rock solid” to “I keep my things in a box”? What about...

Google supercharges its mobile payment app in India with WeChat-style mini apps
2019-09-19

Google is officially embracing the super-app strategy popularized by WeChat and Go-Jek, with its Google Pay app in India. The internet giant is launching its new Spot platform, powered by its popular digital payments service. It allows businesses and merchants to create branded experiences that are accessible to...

Google Pay will let you use your cards in India without actually carrying them
2019-09-19

Along with Google‘s announcement of an AI research center, its local language translation with Google Lens, and a phone number for Google Assistant, today the search giant announced Tokenized payment cards in the Google Pay app in India. With this feature, you’ll be able to load your card in the Google Pay app and...

Facebook’s endgame: Getting inside your wallet
2019-09-19

You can exchange likes by the thousands on Facebook—with anyone on earth, in any country, instantly—but you can’t get them “out” and exchange them for food. What if you could? By now you’ve probably heard about Libra, the global digital currency that Facebook recently...

Instagram won’t let teens see weight-loss products and cosmetic surgery posts
2019-09-19

The move comes after concerns have grown about the plethora of Instagram influencers that are posting pics with weight-loss products in them. Instagram has announced that it will restrict users under the age of 18 from seeing posts that promote select weight-loss products and cosmetic surgery procedures, while the...

Google Lens now translates text around you in Indic languages
2019-09-19

At its annual Google for India event in New Delhi today, the company today announced it’s adding support for Indic language translation through Google Lens. You can scan a sign through Google Lens and it’ll show you translated text in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, or Telugu. With this feature, you can also listen to the...

Google Assistant now has its own phone number in India
2019-09-19

Google is making its Assistant available to people in India via a phone call, so they don’t need a smart speaker or even a smartphone to access the service. The company announced at its Google for India annual event it has partnered with mobile carrier Vodafone-Idea to enable this feature. And as with Assistant on...

GitHub acquires Semmle to help developers spot security vulnerabilities
2019-09-19

Popular software hosting service GitHub has acquired Semmle, a code analysis platform that helps product developers and security researchers discover potential zero-days and critical vulnerabilities in large codebases. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by the two companies. But GitHub intends to...

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